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May 1, 1985 | ANN JAPENGA, Times Staff Writer
She was what was known as a "particular friend" in convent vernacular. An older nun, she was both teacher and inspiration to Nancy Manahan, who was at the time in her first year at the Maryknoll Missionary Sisters' Novitiate near St. Louis. Because talking was allowed only during restricted periods and preferring the company of one nun over the others was forbidden, Manahan said she often had to confess to two transgressions--breaking silence and having a particular friend.
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April 15, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- At 2:49 p.m. exactly Tuesday, Boston observed a moment of silence to commemorate the minute the first bomb exploded a year ago at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A solemn bell tolled in drizzling rain, a choir sang the national anthem and many in the crowd saluted or bowed their heads. Destruction tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago, killing three and seriously injuring hundreds of others. But victims and Boston leaders did not focus on the destruction that two bombs heaved on the city during a tribute event on Tuesday in the Hynes Convention Center, directly across the street from the scene of the attacks.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Mix together a pound of ground lamb meat, a cup of fava beans, a splash of Chianti and some comedy seasonings, and what do you get? "Silence! The Musical" is a riotous and often profane theatrical stew that sends up the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs. " Since opening in New York last year, the stage comedy has become a modest success and has run at two different off-Broadway spaces. Next week, the show will make its Los Angeles debut at the Hayworth Theatre. The L.A. opening is particularly meaningful for the show's songwriting brothers, Jon and Al Kaplan.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
A new report on spurring job growth in Los Angeles covers the bases, but leaves Hollywood out of the picture. The Los Angeles 2020 Commission report, titled "A Time for Action," was commissioned last year by City Council President Herb Wesson and offers various prescriptions to reverse a net decline in jobs over the last two decades. The recommendations include such ideas as promoting bioscience research, establishing a regional tourism authority and combining the ports of L.A. and Long Beach.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
HEALTH
October 29, 2007 | By Diana Hossfeld, Special to The Times
A couple of months ago, I woke up early for my usual workout. I pulled on running clothes and shoes, fastened my hair back and reached for my iPod. Instantly, my stomach clenched as I looked down at the angry red color indicating the battery was dead. How was I supposed to go for a 5-mile run without Fergie, Gwen and Justin urging me on? Heading out into the hot Southern California summer sans music, I braced myself for a horrible workout. Yet as my body began warming up, I noticed something startling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1994
Re "Moment of Silence in Schools Endorsed by Senate Resolution," Feb. 5: Ah, come on, Senators--give us teachers a break! Change "one moment of silence" to at least one hour. HELEN CHROSTOWSKI South Pasadena
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2010
Even Silence Has an End My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Ingrid Betancourt Penguin Press: 530 pp., $29.95
OPINION
August 1, 2010 | By Garret Keizer
When bread is scarce, corpulence counts as beauty; when garbage dumpsters stink with wasted food, slenderness is prized. Small wonder that in our noisy civilization we should speak so longingly of silence. But most of us, most of the time, do not really desire silence. Something in us recoils from an utter absence of sound. The composer John Cage famously spent some time in a sensory deprivation chamber; he did not enjoy himself. Silence and noise have both been used as interrogation techniques.
SPORTS
October 5, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
The home stands are packed at Santa Ana Stadium, where Anaheim Servite is about to take on unbeaten Concord De La Salle, the #1-ranked team in California. A moment of silence was observed for George Dena, the head football coach at Servite from 1961 to 1971 and created the school's signature "Hut Drill. " Dena died September 20 at the age of 75.  
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Susan Straight
What does it take to be a writer: A room of one's own? A weakness for words? To celebrate the Festival of Books, we asked five celebrated authors to recall a turning point in their evolution as writers. First up is Susan Straight, recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. I wrote the stories in my first book by hand, in these places: at the counter of the Mobil station where I worked in 1979, between customers, eating beef jerky and stale cashews out of the nut mix no one ever bought from the cloudy glass compartments beneath my notebook; sitting on a huge rock at the beach in Rosarito, Mexico, in 1983 after my husband fell asleep in the tiny hotel where we spent our two-night honeymoon, writing in my notebook; sitting at a card table in married student housing in 1984 in Amherst with the small blue Smith-Corona my mother had given me for high school graduation; in a pale green 1980-something Fiat with brakes that went out all the time, upon which occasion my husband would have me sit in the driver's seat and pump the brakes while he was underneath the car in the gravel driveway of our house back in Riverside in 1988, and I held a notebook and pen, writing.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Lars von Trier is in many ways the central casting version of an international art house filmmaker. Or maybe a "Saturday Night Live" parody played straight. Often giving himself the role of the provocateur, Von Trier makes films that dare to examine the trickier corners of the human condition - grief, love, lust and their intersections - and there is without question something bold in his desire and ability for confrontation. Yet as he has became known to many people for his news conference pranksterism instead of his actual filmmaking, it has seemed over the last few years that he has gone a bit off the rails, perhaps losing himself to his own self-created persona as the most terrible of enfants terribles . It had become something of a spectator sport for Von Trier to face off against an often hostile, baiting international press corps with each new film and bait them right back.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The notebook in which UCLA wide receiver Devin Lucien jots his thoughts carried a different message recently. "I always write notes to myself, I have a huge notebook," Lucien said. "The note for spring was, 'Prove everything to yourself; don't worry about proving anything to anyone else.'" This is a new Lucien, who will be a junior this fall. The yakking, something that was as much his game as his speed and sure hands, has stopped. There seems a more focused purpose to his demeanor.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
OSO , Wash. -- To mark a statewide moment of silence exactly a week after a massive mudslide slammed this rural town, about 100 firefighters and volunteers in the search for victims filed out of the fire station Saturday and stood before a U.S. flag at half staff. Among the volunteers with heads bowed was Bret Cunningham, 47, of nearby Camano Island. He said he thought of the town's families at that moment, those he has worked beside at the scene they have come to call "the pile.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The subject of "Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence" is a Trappist monk and a prolific author who's considered a transformative figure in contemporary Christianity. In the 1970s, Keating became a key figure in the revival of contemplative prayer, reshaping an ancient monastic tradition for modern-day seekers. Filmmakers Elena Mannes and Peter C. Jones are attentive to the beauty and discipline of meditative devotion, and their portrait will be of special interest to followers for its intimate conversations with the monk, who turned 91 on March 7. Jones, Keating's nephew, has a background in art photography, evident in the creative use of composite stills.
OPINION
January 31, 2014
Re "Puzzling silence after death," Column, Jan. 28 My first thought after reading Sandy Banks' column on the friends of Kim Pham - who witnessed the horrendous assault that killed the young woman - refusing to talk to police was that it seems they have something to hide. I don't get it. Silence is definitely not golden here. Marie Pollara Lévesque Lake Balboa ALSO: Letters: How'd they get their guns? Letters: How safe is your credit card?
BOOKS
June 28, 1992
The reviewer, the author and the straying married women interviewed for "The Erotic Silence of the American Wife" (June 14) seem to ignore what would likely happen 10 years down the road if the women divorced, and then married those "wonderful" lovers. You guessed it: With a decade of overfamiliarity, an aging and heavier woman, a couple of kids and lots of "licit" sex, most of those considerate and caring lovers would change into just what the husbands are now! Proof: The divorce rate for second marriages is even higher (and faster)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1995
As a gay man, I take exception to Howard Rosenberg's review of "Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story" (" 'Serving in Silence' Left Too Much Starch In," Feb. 6). What he found "tedious," I found stimulating and refreshing. His strongest remarks seemed to echo comments I've seen bounced around by other critics--mainly, the lack of sensationalism involving the depiction of gay physical relations. From both the film and the book upon which it was based, I feel the real persona of this modern heroine is evoked: a middle-aged woman, intelligent, compassionate, a dedicated officer and devoted mother, who comes to grips with her true feelings: She is attracted to her own gender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | Sandy Banks
The beating death of Kim Pham has begun to morph into urban legend a la Kitty Genovese, the New York City woman stabbed to death 50 years ago while dozens of bystanders supposedly watched but did nothing to help her. In the Genovese case, it took decades to debunk that claim, which became the basis of a psychological concept called the "bystander effect" that explains why crowds fail to come to a victim's aid. In the Pham case, it took...
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